Former Big Brother star Reggie Sorenson (nee Bird) is definitely living a quieter life these days compared to the fast paced, high flying lifestyle that came with Big Brother days.
Fast forward thirteen years on from her hugely popular win and Reggie's life is almost completely unidentifable to what it was. Speaking exclusively with A Current Affair she talks about the tragic heartbreaking personal battles she has faced.
As a longtime sufferer of a congenital eye condition, she revealed that she tragically will go blind within a matter of years which just breaks our hearts.
However, sadly enough this isn't the most horrible thing that Reggie has to deal with her as her seven-year-old son Lucas has Cystic Fibrosis, a life threatening and genetic condition that is caused when mucus builds ups in the lungs and effectively clogs them.
As if this isn't tragic enough, Reggie has been strugging to obtain financial support for Lucas under the National Disability Insurance Scheme as they deem her son "ineligible".
"We've been forgotten," she told A Current Affair. "I just don't want us to be left out. We need help."
This is completely understandable as Lucas' treatments are very expensive with a month's worth of just ONE single medicine costing $2000 and the therapy machine he uses daily worth a total $8000.
Our hearts are literally breaking right now for Reggie, especially since she has had to deal with speaking about the possibility of death with adorable little Lucas. With most CF sufferers sadly not living beyond 30-years-old, Reggie has was made a conscious effort to be honest with him about his mortality.
"I used to think 'Oh my God, how do I talk about this?', but now it's just normal to talk about dying."
"He says, 'Mummy, what's it going to be like in heaven?', and 'Are there Pokemon cards in heaven?'' A brave Reggie told A Current Affair.
"[I tell him] that it's going to be okay, and things are going to be good. I know I'm probably lying - I don't know what's on the other side. But he's a little angel, so I'm sure he's going to be looked after."
This is a tragic and immeasurably sad story, we wish nothing but the best and the hope of more advanced medicine in the future for both Reggie and Lucas.